When deciding on a location for our upcoming editorial, we hoped for a venue that would tell a story rich in its’ history with a complimenting and beautiful estate. Upon my visit to VIZCAYA, I immediately fell in love with the formal Italian style. It felt like we were in another world and certainly not in our own backyard in Miami, Florida.
Drawing inspiration from the venue’s Baroque appearance and meticulously maintained gardens was at the forefront of our approach. We wanted to pair the old world Italian culture and aesthetic with fresh modern-day romance. Her dress, sheer and bending to our bride’s every movement provided a soft texture, long lines, and a sultry yet elegant demeanour. And the wings of this classic INES DE SANTO gown were the perfect touch. The bride’s playfulness matched with the old world Italian aesthetic was captivating and fresh.
Complimenting flawlessly was the detailed laser-cut paper suite with pressed flowers by Emily Baird Design. Her approach to including a custom venue illustration and a wonderfully playful envelope liner, sourced from Italy, brought the details together impeccably!
Each of these beautiful photos compliments of the amazing team of vendors! None of which could have been completed without their dedication to this project. A special thank you to Amy at Magnolia Rouge for featuring this editorial. We are honored to have worked with each of the vendors listed below!
Alecia and Matt’s intimate wedding at the charming south Tampa venue was nothing short of a dream. From the beginning, they expressed wishes of an intimate celebration. They both wanted for their guests to feel at home. And we knew at the onset of our planning process the perfect venue to host reception of their intimate celebration: The Orlo House.
Still under heavy renovation, we walked the space with Alecia, Matt and her parents, combing through every facet of the historical gem. With an abundantly large porch to greet each of their 150 guests, a brick fireplace for a cozy family setting and a beautiful grand entrance staircase, this southern home quickly became the center for which we designed every detail of Alecia and Matt’s wedding day. It was the perfect location, nestled in the heart of downtown Tampa and just minutes away from their church, Sacred Heart.
On Saturday, April 14th, Alecia and Matt exchanged vows in one of Tampa’s most beautiful Cathedral Churches, Sacred Heart. The weather was a perfect sunny day in Florida, amidst the palm trees and underneath the umbrella of the aged oaks growing all around our beautiful city.
At the Orlo House, our team worked diligently, starting on the Friday before the event putting together the many details of their story. We spent hours laying sequined linens that we had chosen with our couple many months prior. We adorned the tables with hand picked gold flatware, scalloped gold rimmed chargers and matching glassware for each of Alecia and Matt’s 150 guests. The menus, set atop the guests place settings, were designed in accordance with their stationery, a beautiful rendering of their venue, The Orlo House.
With their guests at the forefront of every decision, Alecia and Matt chose the most elegant stationery design featuring a watercolor of their venue matched perfectly with gray letterpress on thick ivory paper. We chose a soft blush envelope which featured stamps, custom made with their initials A | M and a rendering of the estate home.
Upon guests arrival into Tampa, they were greeted with these beautifully prepared welcome gifts, featuring all of Alecia and Matt’s favorite spots in the city and a map to help guide them there. Matched perfectly were these handmade cookies from Hands on Sweets proudly shaped to form the state of Florida and featuring bright palms and hibiscus floral.
Alecia’s Daalarna Couture dress was a dream and floated so magically on the dance floor.
It’s the little moments we cherish most
During our planning and design process, we also work closely with your families, sometimes to plan the rehearsal dinner and day-after brunch, but also for the little moments. Alecia’s mom contacted us to let us know she wanted to have a clutch made for her daughter. The clutch was made out of the wedding dress her mom had worn so many years ago. To compliment the clutch, her mother also had made a sash to tie around the bride’s bouquet as a surprise!
Show me the ring!!
That – Just Married Glow!
An Elegant Estate Wedding at The Orlo House
We were so honored to be a part of this elegant estate wedding at The Orlo House! What an intimate affair full of intentional detail. Each and every vendor we worked as an incredible team and we cannot each of them enough for their dedication to our team and to Alecia and Matt.
We’ve had the pleasure of working at The Orlo House so many times and absolutely love the charming historic features. Here is a look at other events we’ve held at this location!
Classic meets modern in Pamela and Bryant’s modern Tampa museum wedding. This destination wedding quickly became one of our most loved designs of 2017 when we began working with this couple who happened to live in Hawaii during the planning process. Pamela and Bryant not only kept us on our toes, but provided lots of laughs along the way.
Working with Pamela and Bryant for the year leading up to their wedding was a dream! Transforming the modern Tampa Museum into one that enhances the romantic features Pamela had always wanted was our focus in creating this classic mantra of golds, ivory and deep reds. We chose a classic champagne linen, gold beaded glass chargers that were feminine, yet modern in design and beautiful chairs with gold velvet seats, paired with a soft linen napkin to complete the tablescape. For the centerpieces we incorporated an assortment of arrangements in bringing back that modern flare of the museum with black vessels, geo lanterns and an assortment of gold pedestals paired with wildly romantic blooms, which included large burgundy Peonies, Black Hero Tulips, white Anemones and Italian Ruscus. We also chose acrylic table numbers, for a sleek design and in keeping with their escort display and welcome signs.
Pamela and Bryant’s invitations were nothing short of stunning. Using the timeless art of letterpress printing, the couple began telling their story through these paper details using a subtle grey font on an ivory linen paper and a beautiful greenery wreath tucked within a dusty rose envelope by A&P Designs.
These two did not stop smiling and laughing on their wedding day, which happens to be our favorite and most treasured detail of all. They were relaxed and enjoyed the full scope of their wedding and the celebration of their two families becoming one.
Timeless, classic design cascaded throughout all of the detail, while keeping with the modern influences of the museum and Pamela and Bryant’s fun and lighthearted personalities. The large peonies in Pamela’s bouquet complimented her Hayley Paige dress in such a fun and romantic way.
Where Modern Meets Classic
Modern Tampa Museum Wedding
We chose to incorporate romantic details of greenery and lush florals and pair it with timeless decor. The classic gold centerpieces, gold beaded chargers and gold flatware made for a stunning tablescape.
One of our favorite details about this venue: the floor to ceiling windows that stretch across both sides of this incredibly modern space, allowing for so much light and transparency throughout the reception. You are sure to love it too and it’s one you must see in person!
In working with Pamela and Bryant, we quickly found out that they had different palates when it came to sweets. Luckily, there are several layers of yumminess in this wedding cake, so complimenting both of their tastes was an easy fix! A chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and buttercream for Bryant. And Pamela opted for a vanilla chiffon cake with cream cheese icing. Vanilla buttercream sealed the deal for both classic choices.
For the design, we wanted to incorporate both the romantic and the modern. Using the wreath with pops of large peonies as the focal point of the cake, Hands on Sweets added in touches of modern with a layer of gold art deco, mimicking their linen design perfectly. Adding a layer of marble fondant finishes was the right touch for this modern Tampa museum wedding.